By Mathew Brock

The Bruins girls basketball team took a decisive victory against the Siuslaw Vikings last Tuesday, ending at 56-31. The win puts the Bruins at 2-0 in the Far West League, tied for first place with Marshfield, and 8-8 overall for the season at rank No. 20 in the OSAA 2A rankings.

The Bruins managed to stay just ahead during the first half, ending the first quarter at 15-14 and the second at 24-23. It wasn’t until the third quarter that the Bruins began to make significant gains, ending at 41-27. The Bruins kept up the pace in the final quarter while shutting down the Viking’s offense.

Top scorer for the Bruins was Abby farmer with 20 points, while Mickey Fulton came onto the court in the second half to rally the Bruin’s defense.

Bruins coach Chris Schofield said Tuesday’s game felt like a step backwards for the team compared to the Friday game against Douglas. While the second half allowed the Bruins to run away with the game, Schofield was concerned about the team falling into too many old habits during the first.

“Siuslaw played well during the first half, but in the second we just overwhelmed them with length and athleticism,” said Schofield. “They came out in the first ready to play and we didn’t, so going into further league games that’s something we need to fix.”

Going forward, Schofield plans to work on boxing out opponents and maintaining a strong presence under the glass, as well as rotation and offensive coordination. Schofield also expressed concern about how the success of the team’s offensive plays often dictates the team’s tempo.

The Bruins traveled to North Bend to play the Bulldogs last Friday and travel to South Umpqua to play the Lancers at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

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